Has William spilled the beans? Flurry of bets on Prince Alexander as William gives VERY big hint on baby name to Australia’s High Commissioner
- Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK chatted with Prince William about son
- Alexander Downer suggested the Prince consider a certain moniker
- Prince William replied ‘it’s a good name’ during an Anzac service at Westminster
Prince William’s chat with Australia’s outgoing High Commissioner to the United Kingdom might have provided a vital clue about the name of his new son.
The younger brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte is still without a name, three days after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the 3.8kg baby.
Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, suggested to Prince William he should call the boy Alexander during an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey in London.
Having kept the world waiting for three tantalising days, Prince William joked about potential names as bookmakers take hundreds of thousands of bets.
It is still a two-horse race between Alexander, now the 5/2 favourite, and former front runner Arthur at 3/1.
The moniker James has a 6/1 chance with the bookies, leaving Louis fancied at 8/1 and Philip at 12/1, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.
Prince William’s chat with Australia’s outgoing High Commissioner to the United Kingdom might have provided a vital clue about the name of his new son
Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, suggested to Prince William he should call the boy Alexander during an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey
Princess Eugenie was seen visiting the new prince at Kensington Palace this morning
‘Have you thought about the name Alexander for him?’ the former foreign minister asked.
Prince Williams appeared keen on the idea.
‘Well, it’s funny you should say that. It’s a good name,’ he said.
Alexandra is the middle name of the baby boy’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Alexander is also the middle name of the newborn’s older brother Prince George.
However, Prince William agreed the name ‘Jerry’ was a ‘strong name’ after Mr Downer suggested his New Zealand counterpart, Sir Jerry Mateparae, would also like to see the baby named after him.
The Royal baby is yet to be named, although bookmakers are taking bets on Albert, Arthur, James and Philip.
The younger brother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte is still without a name, three days after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the 3.8kg baby
Prince William agreed the name ‘Jerry’ was a ‘strong name’ after Mr Downer suggested his New Zealand counterpart, Sir Jerry Mateparae, would also like to see the baby named him
The Duke of Cambridge joined his younger brother Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle at the Anzac Day service in London.
Asked how the duchess and the baby were, the duke replied: ‘They’re very well thanks.’
He said they are ‘in good form, luckily’, and added: ‘Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good news.’
Kate’s family – including proud grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton, her sister Pippa and brother James – have all pitched in to help and been to Kensington Palace to have a cuddle with the new arrival.
Prince Charles, however, has been unable see his new grandson as he was in Scotland on a private break when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child was born on Monday morning.
The Duke of Cambridge joked with people outside Westminster Abbey who were excitedly trying to find out his son’s name
The Duke of Cambridge was joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey for the traditional service
It appeared tiredness may have overcome Prince William once he sat down for the ceremony
THE ORDER OF SUCCESSION
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child – a younger sibling to Prince George and Princess Charlotte – is now the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild.
The boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz, is also a great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.
Following the baby’s arrival, Prince Harry shifts down the line of succession to sixth place.
The Duke of York, who was born second in line, has moved to seventh and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to eighth and ninth.
Andrew falling out of the top six means he will no longer have to ask the Queen for permission to marry – unlike Charles, William, George, Charlotte and Harry.
The first six people in the line of succession must have the Queen’s consent before they can marry on May 19, as set out by the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.
A royal source said Charles, 69, was very keen to see his grandson but would ‘have to work out a time with his family when he gets back’ from France.
The prince did say, however, in an unexpected statement that both he and baby’s step-grandmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, were thrilled at the new arrival.
‘We are both so pleased at the news. It is a great joy to have another grandchild,’ he said.
Over the years there have been reported family tensions, with Charles privately complaining of not seeing enough of his grandchildren, particularly compared to the Middletons.
Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are frequent visitors to Kate’s family home, Bucklebury Manor, a haven of tranquillity for the royal children, who can run around the 18-acre grounds without a care in the world and collect fresh eggs from the Middleton’s chicken coop.
According to sources, the Middletons are ‘virtually retired’ from the day to day running of their successful business, Party Pieces, and therefore able to help out whenever needed.
Here is how the line of succession looks now that Kate and William’s new royal baby has been born
A royal source said Charles, 69, was very keen to see his grandson but would ‘have to work out a time with his family when he gets back’ from France
Meeting a number of people in a line-up, William could be heard joking with one man that he has a ‘strong name’ – as the world waits for the palace to announce the name of the new royal baby
Charles, on the other hand, has huge official commitments, including almost 600 public engagements a year, as well as a growing number of official duties on behalf of the elderly Queen, and has to ask his diary team to schedule in time with his young grandchildren.
But he does dote on the youngsters.Both George, four, and Charlotte, who will turn three next week, have hand-made wooden swings in the garden at Anmer, carved with their names, courtesy of their grandpapa – and there is sure to be a third joining them, when William and Kate eventually decide on a name.
The Duke of Cambridge said the latest addition to his family was ‘sleeping reasonably well so far’ adding, ‘he’s behaving himself, which is good news’
Kate and William keep world waiting before they reveal new royal baby’s name
ODDS ON THE NAME OF THE ROYAL BABY
Odds supplied by Ladbrokes
Royalists and bookmakers alike have waited patiently since Monday to find out the name of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new arrival.
More than 100,000 bets were placed across the UK betting industry on the baby name with Arthur leading the way this morning as the bookmakers’ favourite.
But this afternoon bookies William Hill suspended betting after a major gamble saw the odds of Alexander tumble from 14/1 in to Even money in the space of an hour.
Favourite at the start of the day, Arthur, drifted from 5/2 to 11/4.
The baby – William and Kate’s third child – was born on Monday at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz.
Royals traditionally keep the public guessing before revealing their choice of name.
William and Kate will want to share the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public.
Bookmakers reported a late flurry of bets on Albert – the name of Queen Victoria’s beloved consort, and the actual first name of the Queen’s father George VI.
Another favourite was Philip – a lasting tribute to the Prince of Cambridge’s great grandfather and the middle name of Charles and William.
So what names are in the running? Here are some of the contenders:
The prince said that both he and baby’s step-grandmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, were thrilled at the new arrival
Alexandra is the name of the baby boy’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and the middle name of the newborn’s older brother Prince George.
There has never been an English king called Alexander but three medieval Scottish kings ruled as Alexander.
Alexander I reigned from 1107 to 1124, Alexander II from 1214 to 1249 and Alexander III followed him from 1249 to 1286.
Alexander derives from the Greek word meaning protector of men, with Alexander the Great one of its most famous exponents.
The famous mosaic Alexander’s battle in the House of Fawn at the archeological site of Pompei
One of Charles’s middle names, Arthur is also one of William’s middle names and was a middle name of the Queen’s father, George VI.
The legendary King Arthur was the mythical leader of the knights of the Round Table, who supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century. Once popular, the name fell out of fashion but has had a revival in recent years. Former prime minister David Cameron has a son called Arthur.
The legendary King Arthur was the mythical leader of the knights of the Round Table, who supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century
Queen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert.
By choosing Albert or Bertie for a boy, William and Kate would be honouring Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, who was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George but always known to his family as Bertie.
Shy, stammering Bertie was forced to become king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated, but won the nation’s affection by standing firm in London during the Second World War.
Queen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert (pictured together)
A lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh could see a Prince of Cambridge called Philip.
Both Charles and William have Philip as a middle name.
The Duke – known for his dedication to duty and his acerbic wit – has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years and is the nation’s longest serving consort.
A lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh could see a Prince of Cambridge called Philip
A Prince Freddie of Cambridge would have a historical link to the 1st Duke of Cambridge.
Prince Adolphus Frederick lived from 1774 to 1850 and was a son of George III.
He was apparently very fond of interrupting church services by bellowing out ‘By all means’ if the priest said ‘Let us pray’.
William may have chosen to pay tribute to his father – but perhaps as a middle name as it may be considered to similar to Charlotte.
William may have chosen to pay tribute to his father – but perhaps as a middle name as it may be considered to similar to Charlotte
James could have been chosen to signify Kate’s affection for her brother, the baby’s uncle, James Middleton.
William already has a cousin James, the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son, Viscount Severn.
James is a Stuart name. James I, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, had been king of Scotland for 36 years as James VI when he became king of England in 1603.
James could have been chosen to signify Kate’s affection for her brother, the baby’s uncle, James Middleton (pictured in 2011 on his sister’s wedding day)
They could have chosen William as a middle name, but also perhaps Michael as a middle name out of respect for Kate’s father.
Kate’s grandfather on her paternal side was called Peter, while on her maternal side, her grandfather was Ronald.
Thomas also appears several times in Kate’s family tree as does Francis.
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